News and Analysis (4/26/11)

As the now-deposed head of Egyptian security goes on trial for the murder of protesters, a poll hints at the role of resentment at U.S. policies in the pro-democracy demonstrations:

“Human rights groups have accused Bahrain of arresting patients and medical staff suspected of taking part in protests, and sacking hundreds of public workers” and Iran is hinting at retaliation:

After ten years the Religious Liberty and Incarcerated Persons  Act still faces challenges like Judge Wilson’s ruling that, “Though it is quite clear that an inmate cannot secret weapons or contraband in a 1/8 inch beard, it is not clear than an inmate cannot change his appearance by shaving it, or identify himself as the member of a gang by growing it”:

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who the U.S. claims is a prized source of information, “allegedly told his interrogators” that the Guantanamo detainee “was behind a … grenade attack on a church in Islamabad, which killed five people … [and] an attack on a church in Pakistan … which killed three children,” yet he was never tried:

Rachid Ghannouchi insists that extremism “extremism “isn’t a legitimate child of Islam” and that “Islam marries well with democracy”:

“We’re going to see a growing fissure between the informal opposition (street protesters) and the formal opposition” — Shadi Hamid, director of the Brookings Doha Center:

“We all hoped that if a woman cannot get justice from the police, maybe she can get it from the courts…. Now, I don’t know where they should turn” — Mukhtar Mai, alleged victim of revenge rape:

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